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Old 03-20-2006, 09:10 PM   #16
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I am pretty sure the FCC cannot really levy any fines because their laws state words are "unacceptable as deemed by contemporary moral standards"

with that flexibility I think just about any word should be allowed on television(or phrase for that matter)

another point is whether or not viewer discretion was advised

with all that in hand, I think that fine is ridiculous
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Thank god I live in a country where the government allows programmers to air a show like the Sopranos unedited during primetime on network tv, with the understanding that we're capable of making decisions for ourselves.

The downside of this is that the episodes aren't current, and so we don't get to see them until after HBO has run through the entire season. :needsSopranosfix:


it's been sooooo good so far this year!
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/23/ar...in&oref=slogin

"Concerned about the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to fine television networks for material deemed indecent, the WB network will broadcast a new drama next week that it has censored over the objections of the program's creator.

But first, the network will offer the uncut version of the pilot episode on its Web site, starting today — a further example of the new strategies network television may be pursuing, both to escape government-imposed restrictions and to find alternative ways of reaching viewers. It is the first time a network has offered on another outlet an uncut version of a program it has been forced to censor.

The show, "The Bedford Diaries," was created by Tom Fontana, whose long résumé includes award-winning shows like "St. Elsewhere" and "Homicide" for network television and the far more graphic prison drama "Oz" for HBO, a pay-cable channel with no content restrictions.

The pilot episode of "The Bedford Diaries," which concerns a group of college students attending a class on human sexuality, had already been accepted by WB's standards department. After the F.C.C. decision last week to issue millions of dollars in fines against broadcast stations, the network's chairman, Garth Ancier, contacted Mr. Fontana and asked him to edit a number of specific scenes out of the show, including one that depicted two girls in a bar kissing on a dare and another of a girl unbuttoning her jeans.

"I said no," Mr. Fontana said in an interview Wednesday. "I told him I found the ruling incomprehensible. He said the censor would do the edit."
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I think the FCC is going overboard pretty much.

It should be up to the parents what kids should watch.

I honestly don't know why a kid would be watching Without a Trace in the first place.
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it's been sooooo good so far this year!
So I hear. It's taking every ounce (or milligram) of strength I have not to become spoiled. This is supposed to be the final season, right? I'm hoping that it'll be out on dvd very soon. On a related note, the final season of Six Feet Under is coming out next week.
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So I hear. It's taking every ounce (or milligram) of strength I have not to become spoiled. This is supposed to be the final season, right? I'm hoping that it'll be out on dvd very soon. On a related note, the final season of Six Feet Under is coming out next week.


sort of the final season -- they are doing the usual 12 episodes, then a break, then a final 8 episodes (or is it 6?) in 2007.

words can't describe how much i miss 6 Feet Under. the final season was very good, much better than the 4th season.
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the teens should have gone and shot loaded guns at each other instead. then there wouldn't have been a problem.
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That's what I don't understand about the FCC/US television - violence and gore seem to be much more readily accepted than expressions of sex/sexuality or (gasp) swearing.

I think that Janet Jackson's boob would have been a non-issue here.
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